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Stars And Bites

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres? Of course. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with a James Beard Award-winning chef? Even better.

That's why Tasting Table and MasterCard® teamed up with David Kinch–whose California restaurant, Manresa, has earned two Michelin stars eight years in a row–for an evening of cocktails and canapes at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen on September 17.

In addition to gourmet bites and signature cocktails, each guest left with a signed copy of Kinch's cookbook, Manresa, and a few of Kinch's favorite things: Teroforma whiskey stones, an AeroPress coffeemaker, Verve coffee beans and Chez Pim jam.

Find out how to get access to premium culinary events with MasterCard Priceless® Cities. Then take a page out of Kinch's book and whip up these recipes at your next shindig:

• Twist prosciutto and sharp cheddar into flaky Cheese Straws (get the recipe).

• Put a savory spin on a classic dessert with Garlic Panna Cotta with Tomato Soup (get the recipe).

• Satisfy sweet tooths with lighter-than-air Madeleines (get the recipe).

And that's how it's done.